Pros and Cons of Flying Through Westchester County Airport

We tried out HPN and it was a game changer. 

May 30, 2016

I’ve lived in Westchester for more than a decade, and last month was the first time I flew through HPN, aka the Westchester County Airport in White Plains. After that easy-breezy experience, I wondered why we hadn’t done it sooner. It’s so much smaller and easier to navigate than JFK or LGA. And it’s so close, meaning the cab ride is cheaper. We were home within half an hour of the plane touching the ground.

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Well, a main reason why we hadn’t tried it sooner is because HPN services a limited number of U.S. cities, and nothing international. Still, this doesn’t mean that you can’t leave the country by taking a layover from one of its destinations — we were going to Mexico and hopped on a transfer in Atlanta. And one of the cities that HPN does access is Orlando. So all of your Disney World vacations can begin and end in White Plains.

Some other destinations served by HPN include Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Stowe, Detroit and several Cape Cod and Florida airports.

Of course, a smaller airport has its disadvantages. There’s limited food service (you won’t find Shake Shack here!) and if your flight gets cancelled you’ll have very few options. This happened to one of our friends this past February during a snowstorm, and their Disney trip was cut short by a day. Still, the feeling of being able to waltz through security and be at your departure gate within 10 minutes of entering the airport is priceless.

The verdict? Book a flight through HPN during the winter months at your own risk! But it’s definitely nice to know that it’s an option for the rest of the year. We would use it again.

Westchester County Airport, 240 Airport Road, White Plains; 914-995-4860

Photo courtesy of Westchester County Government.

The Birthday Run

Sprint to your big day.

May 27, 2016

A friend of mine recently celebrated a birthday. I asked what she wanted to do; I’d set something up with a few of our friends. “Rather than go out to dinner and eat and drink so much,” she said, “let’s go for a run.”

Really? On your birthday?

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“Why not?” she countered. “Isn’t that what’s going to make us feel good? Being active, and spending time together.”

So earlier this week, we took off on a “birthday run” on the Bronx River Parkway trail, chatting away as I desperately gasped for air — all the while feeling absolutely fabulous knowing I was spending my morning doing just that.

In Cameron Diaz’s The Longevity Book, she talks about how many of us dread our birthdays, worrying about the implications of getting one year older, seeing it as just another notch in our impending doom of deepening wrinkles. Wouldn’t it be great instead if we celebrated our physical strength and agility, our healthy eating habits and made a commitment to being just as active and healthy the following year? I know, it’s easy to say when you’re Cameron Diaz, but I agree with her philosophy: How you age is a choice.

As my friend and I ran and caught up about kids and work and life, we weren’t just pumping up our endorphins, we were encouraging each other to take care of ourselves. And isn’t that the best birthday gift someone can give? (Not to mention, running with someone is just so much more fun.)

So try it. Rather than a bloated night of overeating and drinking, which will only feel good in the short-term, how about setting up a different kind of fun: the birthday run.

I arrived home yesterday to a nice surprise: A delivery of locally-sourced groceries. A large bunch of scallions, a fresh-packed container of arugula, four rosy-red tomatoes,  three varieties of lettuce. And other goodies, too, like a square of cheddar and blueberry jam from Vermont, a bag of rotini made in the Catskills, a package of artisanal bologna — yes, there is such a thing — all made in small batches for Mike’s Organic Delivery, the service that delivered it to my doorstep.

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I felt like Michael Pollan was curating my pantry. Except it was Michael Gellar, a Greenwich native, who  founded the service a few years ago. Every week Mike visits local farms and food purveyors and selects the best organic, farm fresh foods, offering his finds to Westchester and Fairfield County residents in a variety of combinations, depending on the “basket” that you order. The produce in the delivery is often in the ground 12 to 36 hours before it arrives on your doorstep, which will be AMAZING in berry and tomato season.

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Think of it as Fresh Direct for the Whole Foods set — with the price tag to match. A Mixed Produce basket runs $55, and this week, includes “5 Snow Sweet Apples, 1 Bunch Asparagus, 3-4 Red Skin Potatoes, 1 Bunch Baby Mixed Lettuces, 1 Bunch Green Garlic,  1 Bunch Broccoli Rabe, 4-5 Vine Tomatoes and hopefully Blueberries and English Peas.” Select the Two Fruits basket, which will send whatever the freshest fruit selections are that week, for $13.

I have to say I’m hooked on the idea; I loved getting produce this fresh. It’s exciting in the way that finding a new restaurant to deliver to your house is. It has me thinking: If I don’t buy too much other produce at the grocery store, it may even out somewhat week to week. There’s nothing like a farm-fresh tomato, or the aroma of a freshly picked garlic onion. I’m always trying to make better eating choices, but then I make the worst ones anyway because I’m lazy and tired and just grab what’s already made. Having all of this fresh stuff on hand made me want to cook. And that’s part of the battle right there.

If you’re interested, find out more about Mike’s Organic Delivery Service and order online here.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail: Irvington to Lyndhurst

Kids will love walking this flat stretch that finishes at Westchester's beloved Gothic castle.

May 24, 2016

Editor’s note: This post ran in the past, but it was so popular we thought we’d bring it back as an oldie but goody!

There’s no reason to drive hours away to hike with your kids. The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, a 26 mile unpaved trail that runs from Yonkers to Croton, offers plenty of lovely spots to go for a walk outdoors. There’s one particular section of the trail in Irvington that’s great for all ages. It’s not too long, so young dawdlers will tolerate it, but it’s long enough to keep older kids interested, especially at the end since you finish at Lyndhurst. Here, rolling hills run all the way down to the river.

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You can take a hearty stroller on the trail, but it is unpaved and there are parts of the path where it can get rocky or thick with roots. To get there, you’ll want to park behind Main Street School in the village of Irvington (park here on weekends; on weekdays, find a spot on the street nearby). The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail runs north and south through Irvington. To access the hike written about here, walk to the northeast corner of Main Street School’s parking lot. Here, you can pick up the trail. (In other words, you’re going to walk north on the trail, not south.)

From this point, the trail runs behind several grand houses, great fun for real estate curiosity seekers. There are a few creeks to explore along the trail as you walk. Don’t see them? Close your eyes and listen — a slow steady trickle will lead you right to one. Don’t let your little ones run too far ahead — the trail does cross roads in several spots. The hike is about a mile each way.

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The path continues toward Sunnyside Lane, where you can head to the river for a look at Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s historic home. (Note: There aren’t any sidewalks on Sunnyside Lane.) Keep going on the sandy trail, and you’ll see an old stone tower, a favorite resting stop for our family. Shortly ahead, the trail will open up and you’ll come across wide open fields. You’ve made it to Lyndhurst’s grounds.

After a picnic lunch near the river at Lyndhurst, turn around and head back to the car.

Geordane’s, a local deli/market on Main Street in Irvington, has a nice selection of sandwiches and salads for unprepared picnickers. If you finish and are looking to sit down for a bite to eat, try the kid-friendly Black Cat Cafe.

Summer Weekend Ideas: Newport, Rhode Island

The first in a three-part series on where to vacation this summer.

May 23, 2016

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Just a short drive north from Westchester are dozens of quaint New England towns, where you’ll find beautiful beaches, fresh seafood and some of the best ice cream cones you and your kids will ever have. But which town should you stay in and explore? Over the next few weeks, we’ll feature destination ideas with kid-friendly itineraries. First up: Newport, Rhode Island!

the breakers newport rhode island

Only three hours away, Newport can get very upscale, but we still found it to be very kid-friendly. There’s a wide range of activities in the area, from touring millionaires’ mansions to boogie boarding at the beach. We stayed at the well-reviewed Residence Inn Newport Middletown and were not disappointed.

What to Do: There are about half a dozen beaches in Newport, and the biggest and best of them is Easton’s, aka 1st Beach. Here you’ll find a playground, carousel, souvenir shop, boogie board rentals, and snack bar (get the twin lobster rolls!). Sachuest, or 2nd Beach, is a quieter, more laid-back experience.

People come from all over the world to see the mansions of Newport, but they can be a hard sell for kids. If you visit just one mansion, make it The Breakers (pictured above), the largest of them all. It even has a kid-friendly audio tour, with a narration that explains what life was like for the obscenely wealthy Vanderbilt children.

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Running behind the Breakers is Cliff Walk, Newport’s scenic pathway along the shoreline. The walkway is about 3.5 miles in length and the path can get quite rocky; for a safe, abbreviated hike, start at the 40 Steps entry point on Narragansett Avenue and walk for less than a mile to the Marine Avenue exit. You can head over to Bellvue Avenue to catch a trolley going back.

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The Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth are a part of the Newport Mansion Tours, even though they’re located about 20 minutes north. The vast, manicured lawn is beautiful, and my kids spent a lot of time drawing the animal-shaped hedges and bushes in their sketchpads.

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Where to Eat: For waterfront dining, head over to Lobster Bar on Bowen’s Wharf. The food and ambiance may be casual, but the sunset over the water is seriously stunning. A better food experience can be found at Midtown Oyster Bar, situated in a gorgeous, high-ceilinged building in downtown Newport. The oyster menu is impressive, and I kept stealing bites of my kids’ mac ‘n’ cheese – it was so good.

There’s usually a line going out the door at Kilwin’s Ice Cream, but it’s totally worth waiting on it. The ice cream there was so yummy we went back twice — and that’s saying a lot, considering how difficult it is to park in the area!

rose island newport rhode island

What’s Nearby: Rose Island is a quick jaunt from Newport, just 15 minutes by ferry from the Jamestown Newport Ferry dock. The boat ride is a fun experience in and of itself, and once on Rose Island, you can visit a cute little lighthouse and climb to the top of it. My kids loved going up the ancient, narrow staircase and using the binoculars provided at the summit to look out over Narragansett Bay.

Looking for other mini-vacation itineraries? Check out our past posts on Mystic, CT, Lancaster, PA, and Watkins Glen, NY and Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, and New Paltz, NY.

Getting Home to Westchester in an Emergency

Print this out, slip a copy in your work bag or pin a copy to the fridge.

May 20, 2016

When the four-alarm fire in Harlem sent Metro North train schedules into chaos this week, everyone was scrambling for a different way home. My friend, Sara, pulled together this emergency evacuation plan after 9/11 — it’s detailed directions for how to get back to Westchester when Metro North is down. Keep it handy. You never know when you might need it. We used it this week!

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1. Subway and Bus Combinations; Plus, Driving Directions

2 Subway Train to Wakefield. Anyone living close to Post Road can take Bus #40 or #41, which goes up Post Road. Driving directions to Wakefield: Bronx River Parkway, Exit 19C. Take Wakefield Avenue/ E 241st. Subway is at White Plains Road. 

5 Train to Nereid. (Don’t take Eastechester Dyre Avenue.) If you walk north to 241st Street, you can also catch Bus #40 or #41. Driving directions to Nereid: Bronx River Parkway, Exit 19C.  Take Wakefield Avenue/E 241st. Subway is at White Plains Road. 

4 Train to Woodlawn (end of the line). You can then catch the #20 or #21 bus up Central Avenue. Driving directions to Woodlawn: Henry Hudson Parkway or I-87 to Mosholu Parkway.  Look for the 4 train (it is elevated over Jerome Avenue). Go north (left) under the L for Woodlawn (last exit). Stay on Jerome Avenue heading north to get onto 87, or take 87 South exit Jerome Avenue/233rd Street, and head south to find Woodlawn station.

6 Train to Pelham Bay Park. Then take the #45 bus to the end, Mill Road, and Route 22, Eastchester. Driving directions to Pelham Bay Park Subway: I-95 to Exit 8A. Station is right off of exit.

B or D train to Bedford Park Boulevard (end of B, second to last on D). Walk west to Jerome Avenue to pick up the #20/21 (look for the elevated trains of the 4; the bus runs beneath).

1 train to Van Cortland Park (end of the line). #3 express bus to White Plains train station. The bus takes the Sprain. Driving directions to Van Cortland Park: Henry Hudson Parkway, Exit 23, take Route 9 South (Broadway); end of the train is 242nd Street and Broadway.

2. Express Bus BxM4C
It goes up Madison Avenue with stops on 26th, 32nd, 39th, 47th, 54th, 63rd, 69th, 84th, 99th Streets. Costs $7.50 (MetroCard). But you can also get off on Central Avenue and Ardsley Road and get picked up. Here’s the schedule.

3. Amtrak
Get on at Penn Station (34th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues). It may change day to day, but it generally takes about 30 minutes and costs $30.

What Jessica Chastain Eats For Breakfast…

...at The Barn at the Bedford Post Inn.

May 18, 2016

I was at The Barn at the Bedford Post Inn a couple weekends ago for brunch when Interstellar and Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain walked in wearing black leggings and rain boots, her hair in a simple ponytail. She was with her six-foot tall Italian boyfriend.

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I dropped my bacon. Since she sat in full view of my seat, I kept peeking up to see them canoodling, pointing and waving to the babies in the room. They were sweet. But seeing how healthy she looked, I suddenly felt guilty binging on my bacon, eggs and croissant, especially when I saw her order arrive at her table: a kale juice and, ahem, steel-cut oatmeal.

That’s when I waved over our waiter: “I’ll take a kale juice, please.”

Imagine if eating healthier was a requirement of your full-time job? Of course, as I had this thought, I took another bite of my croissant. Not so inspiring. But gosh, the Barn bakes the best croissants in Westchester. I couldn’t possibly start a healthy eating kick that morning.

One quick aside: Apparently, Chastain was off to the Cannes Film Festival soon after I spotted her. Yesterday, Vogue named her one of the 10 Best Dressed at the event.

Sponsored Post: Life With Teens – It’s Prom Night

Advocate Brokerage Insurance Shares Their Tips for Having Fun and Staying Safe

May 17, 2016

This post was brought to you by Advocate Brokerage.

The school year is winding down and prom is just around the corner. Prom is an exciting night in a teen’s life. Students around the country look forward to getting dressed to the nines and having a fun time with their friends. As parents, we want our kids to enjoy themselves, but we also want to be sure they are staying safe.

Dressed Up Girl Being Helped From Limo

Unfortunately, even with all the safety measures put in place to keep kids from drinking and driving on prom night, it still happens. Statistically speaking, accidents are the No. 1 cause of death for 12- to 19-year-olds. Auto accidents are cited as the most common types of accidents. When you pair those statistics with the fact that a third of alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities happen between the months of April and June, you can easily come to the conclusion that prom is not the safest night for your child to be behind the wheel.

What is a parent to do?

  • Have an open dialog with your kids.  Even with a pre-prom red carpet reception and bus transportation to the venue, drunk driving is something we still need to keep in mind. Talk to them about the risks and ask them to sign a safe driver contract. You can find one the Advocate Brokerage website.
  • Distracted driving is also a danger. AAA did a video analysis of the six seconds leading up to the crashes of 1,700 teen drivers. The results show that 58% of all crashes had distraction as a factor. This issue goes beyond texting. Adding one additional passenger to the car doubles a teen’s risk of crashing. It is certainly worth considering renting a limo for any after-party transportation!
  • Think twice before you rent a car on their behalf. Rental car companies in general will not rent a luxury vehicle to anyone under the age of 25 in the state of New York. While parents may be tempted to rent the vehicle for their child and allow them to use it as an undisclosed driver, keep in mind that not all insurance companies will pay for damages in the event of an accident. It is just one night, but the risks involved could be very high.
  • Consider the risks if hosting an after party. Alcohol often plays a part in post prom celebrations (take a look at the Prom by the Numbers graphic below). Even if you make it clear that the party will not provide alcohol, you could be held liable if someone leaves your home drunk and gets into an accident, especially if the kids involved are underage.  

Your Insurance Needs

The bottom line is that parents need to protect themselves. It is important to have a sizeable Personal Umbrella policy. Principal Denise Koslowsky recently shared, “The largest claims we see are, sadly, teenagers doing something stupid. You need to be sure you have a sizeable Personal Umbrella policy, also known as Excess Liability.”

Prom by the Numbers: How much does it cost?*

  • Amount of money the average household spends on prom $978
  • Average cost of the dress $231
  • Average cost of a prom ticket $75

Who foots the bill?*

  • On the average, parents cover 56% of the costs
  • Dads tend to spend twice as much as moms

What about alcohol on prom night?**

  • Students who say they are likely to drink 44%
  • Students who think their friends are likely to drink 33%
  • Students who feel pressured to drink 75%
  • Students who are likely to have four or more drinks 53%
  • Students more likely to drive home than call home for a ride after drinking 84%
  • Students who are more willing to ride with a drunk person than call home 22%
  • Students who admit to driving drunk 6%

*According to a 2014 survey from Visa

**According to a survey done by AAA

Protecting your family is the most important part of what they do at Advocate Brokerage. If you have any questions or concerns about your coverage, please call them. They are there to make any necessary recommendations so you can have peace of mind and enjoy this special time in your teen’s life!

Advocate Brokerage, 820 Scarsdale Ave, Scarsdale; 914-723-7100

Bike Sundays for Beginners

Here’s the secret for enjoying this beloved Westchester event with small children.

May 16, 2016

My family is a big fan of Westchester’s Bike Sundays, where the county shuts down portions of the Bronx River Parkway from 10am to 2pm on certain Sundays so that residents can pedal to their hearts’ content down the parkway. My husband and I did it before we had kids. Then after we became parents, we added bike attachments, strapped helmets on the kids, and brought them along. And now, finally, both of our kids are on their own bikes, and nothing’s cuter than watching them pedal down the parkway.

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Most people either ride their bikes to the Bronx River to join in on the fun, or park at the Westchester County Center in White Plains for $7 and start there, but here’s a secret: If you’ve got small kids, it’s easiest to drive over to the Harney Road entrance (exit 10) and park your car for free on Garth Road.

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To the south of that entrance is a flat, straight stretch of highway that my daughter was able to manage with training wheels when she was 4. We’d bike for an exit or two and then loop back around. To the north is a windier, slightly hillier and more interesting route that she can now do, at age 7. Stop off at Crane Road (exit 12) for some Häagen-Dazs in Scarsdale village before turning back around. My favorite little café, Patisserie Salzburg, is also right there — try the blueberry iced tea!

If you have any energy left after your ride, there’s a playground at the intersection of Garth and Harney that offers great views of the MetroNorth trains going by. Or drive down Garth a bit, toward the Scarsdale train station, to grab some lunch at Cooked & Co. or fro-yo from Go Greenly.

Happy biking!

Bike Sundays, Bronx River Parkway, from the Westchester County Center (exit 22) to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers (exit 4). The remaining dates for 2016 are May 22; June 5, 12, 19, 26; September 11, 18 and 25.

Smart Stories For Smart Moms

Things We're Reading This Week.

May 13, 2016

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Think your first grader is too young for meditation? Think again. New research published in the New York Times shows they benefit.

Three restaurant pop-ups in Westchester. No, really. Lucky Chinese at The Parlor in Dobbs Ferry? Now this sounds cool.

I just started reading Cameron Diaz’s The Longevity Book, and I have to say: I’m loving it. Her opening line: “Around my Fortieth Birthday, I started thinking about what it means to age.” Join the club. In all seriousness, this book is deep.

There is a pretty rockin’ cafe inside the former Katonah Library called The Reading Room. Here, a village book shop gets a menu. Um, they serve Bahn Mi.

Should your kids just play this summer? Maybe.

The shoe of the summer? Vogue staffers make their predictions. A little secret: I wouldn’t wear any of them, but they’re fun to click through. I’ve got my eye on these little pretties. Don’t they remind you of elementary school?

Shame on Discovery Girls Magazine for making tweens feel like they need to pick a swimsuit based on their body type. Do tweens even have body types?! DESPICABLE!

26 picture books you don’t want to miss. Someone sent this to me. It’s from the fall, but the books are still awesome.

This just made me laugh.

Happy weekend, all!

The Find: Taro Fro Yo at Go Greenly

The must-try frozen yogurt flavor of the summer.

May 11, 2016

There are so many local frozen yogurt places to choose from, they often start to blend. That is, until I stepped into Go Greenly. On first glance, it seems like every other yogurt joint. Serve-yourself stations dole out various yogurt flavors, a fixings bar offers up DIY toppings, from crushed Oreos to tapioca bubbles.

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But here’s what got my attention: the flavors! Go Greenly says their most popular is taro, which is gleaned from the root vegetable of the same name; it kinda looks like a potato. Still, the yogurt hardly tastes starchy. It’s all coconut creamy goodness. When I tell you I’ve been back three times since I first tasted it to get more, I’m not exaggerating. (The cashier said everyone gets hooked on the taro!) Other rotating flavors include lychee, Captain Crunch, and cookies and cream.

With locations in Dobbs Ferry, Scarsdale Village and Central Avenue in Scarsdale, there’s plenty of opportunities to pop in for a taste. Best of all, it’s made fresh daily. Enjoy!

Theme Parks Near Westchester

Check out these under-the-radar parks for small children within 2 hours of home.

May 10, 2016

Editor’s note: This post originally ran in the past, but it was so popular we thought we’d bring it back as an oldie but goody!

Been to Sesame Place so many times that you’ve got its layout and parade schedule memorized? Maybe it’s time for something different. There are actually dozens of theme park options within a couple of hours of Westchester, including several that are smaller in size and geared toward younger kids. You may be surprised to find out that some of these places exist! Here are a few of our favorites.

Dinosaur Place

The Dinosaur Place
Dinosaur lover in the family? He or she will be awed by The Dinosaur Place in Montville, Connecticut, home to more than 40 life-size dinosaurs. The park mainly consists of nature trails – paved roads that lead through the forest and bring your kids face to face with different types of dinos – but in addition to that main attraction, there’s a pretty awesome dino-themed playground, as well as a maze, splash pad and bounce house. Your kids won’t want to leave the Jurassic period.
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT; 860-443-4367

Diggerland

Diggerland
This relatively new, construction-themed park in West Berlin, New Jersey, features real construction vehicles and equipment that your kids can ride and operate (most with the help of parents). They’ll be able to maneuver an actual digger, drive a dumper through an obstacle course, and dig for buried treasure using a mini excavator, among other down and dirty activities. There are also some more traditional amusement park rides, as well as stunt shows involving heavy equipment acrobatics! Most of the rides and attractions require children to be 36 inches or taller, so plan accordingly.
100 Pinedge Court, West Berlin, NJ; 856-768-1110

Wild West City

Wild West City
See the Wild West come to life at this charming theme park that’s been around for 50 years in Stanhope, New Jersey. The main attractions at this place are the shows that pop up while you’re wandering around – there are more than 20 of them – featuring cowboys, American Indians and other historical figures. You can also wander down Main Street (modeled after a real frontier town in Kansas), pan for gold, ride a pony, hop on a stagecoach, or take a frontier train – that gets held up by outlaws! Everyone in your family will be captivated by all the action and history.
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, NJ; 973-347-8900

Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce
If you’re looking for a traditional, ferris-wheels-and-carousels sort of amusement park, Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, is just the ticket. Built in 1846, the park has an old-timey sort of feel to many of its rides, although it’s got some gleaming new additions as well. There are more than a dozen rides for younger kids, including smaller versions of big-kid favorites, such as the bumper cars and the swinging boat. Older kids won’t want to miss Boulder Dash, one of those rickety wooden coasters that feels as if it’s about to careen off the track at every turn. There’s even a decent-size water park on the premises, if your kids would prefer to spend the day splashing away.
186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, CT; 860-583-3300

Dining Alfresco in Westchester

May 9, 2016

While restaurants in the city are serving up some of the best food in the world, some Westchester establishments have a secret weapon that’s got even city-dwellers making the trip up north: fantastic outdoor dining. Here are five of our favorite places to dine alfresco. Some have river views while others simply provide a great […]

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Finding Myself This Mother’s Day

May 6, 2016

I was having dinner with a friend recently in the city. She’s smart, one of the smartest people I know, and we were chatting about how exciting it was that she was pregnant with her first baby. “What’s the hardest part?” she asked. “You know, once the baby is here.” I didn’t hesitate: “Losing your […]

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May Happy List

May 4, 2016

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and with it comes the usual scrambling for something fun to do as a family. Here are picks for the weekend — and beyond. If the weather is lovely, there’s nowhere better than the New York Botanical Garden’s Mother’s Day Garden Party. The garden is popping with blossoms, lilacs and other […]

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Train Spotting With Kids in Westchester

May 3, 2016

Editor’s note: This post ran in the past, but it was so popular we thought we’d bring it back as an oldie but goody!  By Michelle Gillan Larkin, a writer living in Northern Westchester I have a 4-year-old son. He’s all boy: He kicks balls, plays with toy cars and trucks, and he loves watching trains. […]

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